Most adults are aware of the physical and mental health benefits of exercise and understand the importance of engaging in some form of regular physical activity. As the country tries to cope with the current pandemic, business closures, social distancing, and changes in everyday schedules all aspects of ordinary life, including exercise, are being disrupted.
Studies have shown that Coronavirus-related concerns may affect dietary habits, leading to higher calorie consumption that could promote weight gain. Limiting trips to the grocery store, skipping fresh fruits and vegetables in favor of stocking up on calorie-dense, non-perishable foods, and financial difficulties may cause people to opt for less expensive, processed food options. And all of the extra hours you’re spending at home may make you more likely to snack, “stress-bake,” or prepare high-calorie, comfort-food meals.
Additionally, many people are coping with fear, anxiety, stress, financial concerns, sadness, boredom, and isolation — all of which can have a negative effect on diet, physical health, and mental well-being.
So it would come as no surprise that exercise is especially important now because it can reduce stress, prevent weight gain, boost the immune system, and improve sleep.
So how do you SAFELY resume a routine of physical activity?
Contact your trainer at B5!: There’s no denying the best way to keep you motivated, injury free, and reaching your goals faster is with a personal trainer. Safety and health are our top priorities which is why we follow strict guidelines to ensure we can be an asset to helping you maintain a fitness routine during this time.
Challenge yourself: Set an exercise goal (either on your own or with your trainer) — such as doing some sort of activity five days per week or beating your best 5K time — and make a plan to work toward achieving it.
Get outdoors: Walking, cycling, jogging, and hiking can help you get some much-needed fresh air while staying safely away from others. Don’t have time for a full-length outdoor exercise session? Consider breaking your workout up into several 10-minute sessions. You’ll be surprised at how quickly a few brisk walks around the block can add up to a full workout.
Exercise with family: Exercise is an excellent opportunity for family fun. Walks, bike rides, dance parties, living-room yoga sessions, or backyard soccer games are just a few examples of how you and your household members can exercise together.
Tackle calorie-burning chores: Chores such as mowing the lawn, working in the garden, washing the car, or cleaning out the garage provide excellent opportunities to build muscles and burn calories. In addition to the sense of accomplishment you will feel after your workout, completing a household task will yield even more feel-good benefits.
Questions about your fitness goals during the Pandemic or want to set up a safe consultation with one of our trainers- contact us!